EU Financial Support for Rural Tourism: Theoretical and Practical Aspects (article in Lithuanian)

Aldona Damulienė

Abstract


The article aims to analyse the definition of rural tourism and EU financial support to this type of business. Rural tourism is not only a trip to a village or recreation in countryside and facilities provided there. The definition of rural tourism has a broader and deeper thought which covers characteristics of rural tourism services, cultural natural rural environment, cognitive measure of culture, traditions and history. EU financial support has always been and still is an important instrument for the protection of the viability and competitiveness of Lithuanian rural areas. Enhancing the profitability of Lithuanian rural regions by means of creating jobs in competitive agricultural and rural economic activities as one of the most important aims of the EU support has been achieved only partially.

Keywords


rural tourism; European Union (EU); financial support; SAPARD; National Paying Agency (NPA); Single Programming Document (SPD)

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236